Monday, October 14, 2019

152 Thoughts I Had While Re-Reading Kingdom Of Ash by Sarah J. Maas

Release Date: October 23, 2018
from Bloomsbury USA Childrens
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"The final battle is here.

Aelin Galathynius has vowed to save her people―but at a tremendous cost. Locked within an iron coffin by the Queen of the Fae, Aelin must draw upon her fiery will as she endures months of torture. The knowledge that yielding to Maeve will doom those she loves keeps her from breaking, but her resolve is unraveling with each passing day…

With Aelin captured, friends and allies are scattered to different fates. Some bonds will grow even deeper, while others will be severed forever. As destinies weave together at last, all must fight if Erilea is to have any hope of salvation.

Years in the making, Sarah J. Maas's New York Times bestselling Throne of Glass series draws to an explosive conclusion as Aelin fights to save herself―and the promise of a better world."

My Thoughts:

1. Spoilers for the series
2. UGH THIS OPENING ROWAN CHAPTER HURTS MY HEART
3. And then my Aelin *sobs*
4. “Once upon a time in a land long since burned to ash, there lived a princess who loved her kingdom.”
5. FENRYS *cries and cries*
6. Ugh Aedion. Still mad at you.
7. CUT THE SHIT WITH LYSANDRA AEDION.
8. I’m really never going to forgive Aedion and I’m okay with that. Lysandra can forgive him, but I shall remain mad on her behalf.
9. YEAH YOU SHOULD FEEL BAD AEDION.
10. Go screw yourself Ren. “She still left” like an 8 year old had so much choice.
11. HATE DARROW TOO. HE IS THE WORST.
12. I love Evangeline so much.
13. I mean seriously Aedion. She didn’t lie to you. She kept Aelin’s secrets, her best friend, and you don’t get to get between that. It was Aelin’s secret to tell.
14. Gavriel is so so good.
15. What they do to her… what Aelin endures… it’s just too horrible.
16. I will forever love the growth of Manon and Asterin and The Thirteen.
17. Awwww no Dorian… you have plenty to live for too.
18. Ugh Gavin not being helpful, because he too is a bastard.
19. YES DORIAN IT IS ELENA’S FAULT. SOMEONE SAYS IT. Gavin is being so selfish in this moment.
20. Elide is so friggin smart and I love it so godsdamned much.
21. You should feel bad Lorcan. This is all your stupid fault.
22. Ha… Vaughn has the right idea just flouncing off.
23. Thank the gods, Rowan is such a stubborn bastard willing to say a big F you to the gods and keep Aelin with him.
24.  EMPRESS NESRYN.
25. Dorian is becoming such a fantastic King and I appreciate him so much.
26. I wish Maeve was made to suffer more in the end… she’s terrible.
27. I hate Connell… everything Fenrys did he did for him and this guy just UGH…I hope he burns in hell for all eternity.
28. Nooooooo Aelin… Rowan is coming for you.
29. Maeve’s black blood!
30. That’s what is most annoying about Darrow. All of these armies gathered for Aelin not him.
31. NOX. IT’S SO GOOD TO SEE YOU AGAIN.
32. I really detest Darrow and I don’t care that he comes around later. He still almost costs them all everything.
33.The way Aedion speaks to Lysandra here… I will never forgive him for this.
34. Lysandra does not deserve this. She has done nothing but help and be a fantastic friend to Aelin and he is being a baby.
35. “You do not yield.”
36. Such a risky plan Manon… but so brilliant.
37. That’s my King… a great warrior… taking out that valg spider.
38. Dorian is so ridiculously smart.
39. I. Hate. Darrow. So. Much.
40. All of these lords are the worst. They just don’t like the idea of giving up their tiny amount of power to Aelin.
41. AND IT IS SO AGGRAVATING THAT THEY DON’T CARE THAT THESE ALLIES CAME FOR AELIN.
42. I friggin adore Nox. He knows that isn’t Aelin, but because he is loyal to his friend Celaena he keeps his mouth shut because he trusts her.
43. Chaol’s father is a jerk and I love how Yrene handles him. She just puts him in his place and it’s perfect.
44. It’s all Maeve’s fault. If she has never come here none of this would have happened.
45. GO GET OUR GIRL ROWAN.
46. It’s just so very Aelin that at the precise moment Rowan and them are coming to get her she is like YES NOW IS THE TIME TO RUN.
47. Rowan is terrifying in these moments. He is not here for anyone’s shit.
48. Cairn deserves everything Rowan gives him.
49. I hate so much that Maeve took her scars. Aelin’s scars meant so much to her.
50. My awesome bloodsworn Fenrys. “Welcome to the court pup” *sobs*.
51. I LOVE that we got this bit of closure from Kaltain.
52. I will never EVER forgive Aedion for kicking Lysandra out of his tent practically naked and for pinning it all on her.
53. The moment Aelin realizes that this isn’t a dream and that is actually Rowan and he did come for her always makes me cry.
54. And I just wanna take a second to appreciate that we saw Aelin have multiple boyfriends because that’s usually how life goes. You don’t stay with your first love forever. You grow and change. But I also love that once she found the one you could just TELL how different it was from everyone else. And I know that this is a thing so many people don’t like but I truly love it and at the end of the say I’m team Aelin and I want what is best for her. She is my favorite and this is her story.
55. “I would rip apart every world until I found you” AND HE WILL.
56. “I’m so tired Rowan.” Aelin can only be vulnerable with him and I’m so glad she found him because she needs to have someone to admit these things to.
57. The moment with Aelin and Rowan and their wedding rings. Gonna sob forever.
58. Gods damn. I just really love this book.
59. Forever gonna appreciate that once Sarah gives us the endgame couple we get to see them couple for a good amount of time. So much good Rowan and Aelin stuff in this book. Don’t get me wrong, I’m the first to say how much I love seeing the heroine find the right guy and have breakups but once she establishes THE couple I never worry about them anymore.
60. Rowan is just not gonna accept that Aelin has to forge the key and I love it.
61. “We’ll only invite him to Orynth on holidays” “So he can ruin the festivities?” Fenrys scowled. “I for one cherish my holidays; I don’t need a misanthrope raining on them.”
62. Fenrys and Aelin’s banter is amazing.
63. Manon really just comes into her own over the series and it’s so amazing.
64. “So pushy.” “That’s the nicest thing you’ve ever said about me.” These two. I am dead.
65. Aedion is always whining about how hard things are for him like everyone else is just at a party or something.
66. Aedion and his nonsense almost gets Lysandra killed. YOU CAN’T TAKE BACK ALL THOSE HORRIBLE WORDS NOW JUST BECAUSE LYSANDRA IS IN TROUBLE.
67. Aelin always knows how to make an entrance.
68. I am forever grateful that the Yrene and Aelin reunion was actually between Yrene and Aelin because I was so worried Yrene was going to encounter Lysandra as Aelin first.
69. “Aedion is my pride” *sobs*.
70. Aelin just strutting around collecting bloodsworn fae.
71. I just never like Hasar.
72. Aelin and Falcon reunited!
73. And Falcon getting his youth back!
74. My poor fae babies finding out Maeve is a valg Queen.
75. Yepp Aedion you should be sorry. Grovel now. AND I LOVE THAT LYSANDRA JUST PUTS HIM IN HIS PLACE.
76. I am so over Darrow. Stripping Aedion of his rank and being just such an ass toward Lysandra. He deserves to rot. AND HIM TAKING THE SWORD OF ORYNTH. JUST. UGH.
77. I love though that Killian is just like nah… Aedion is still General.
78. Chaol’s father is such a bastard but Aelin just owns him. “And please do rot in hell.” LMAOOOOO.
79. Manon Crochan Queen of Witches!
80. Aelin once again making an entrance into battle with some badass armor and reminding them all that she is an assassin and more than her magic.
81. And there goes Aelin giving Rowan a heart attack putting herself in front of that broken dam to stop it with her fire.
82. Captain Rolfe coming in clutch!
83. Elide just brings Lorcan to his knees.
84. “Is this the sort of surprise that will end with my heart stopping dead in my chest?”
85. “I scheme and lie so grandly and that’s all the credit I get?”
86. I will never get over Dorian’s character arc and how amazing he is. He has forever been one of my favorite characters in the whole series.
87. Thank you Lysandra! Darrow does have Aelin to thank and he is so ungrateful.
88. “All of them. All of them came here because of Aelin, not you. So before you sneer that there’s no Her Majesties Armada. Allow me to tell you that there is and you are not part of it.”
89. Hahahaha I love that Aelin gets everyone to betray Maeve. It’s such a treat.
90. MY KING DORIAN PLAYING MAEVE SO WELL. NOT ONLY DOES HE TRICK MAEVE AND GET THE FINAL WYRDKEY HE ALSO BRINGS DOWN MORATH.
91. Vernon got everything he deserved.
92. Ahhh yes. Now I remember how I started to semi forgive Aedion. He begins to pull his head out of his ass and because of that sweet scene with Evangeline.
93. That’s my girl Evangeline! Winning over that cranky bastard Darrow and getting Aelin’s kingdom back.
94. Manon coming in clutch again!
95. Also, Darrow’s shocked reaction to the witches showing up for Aelin and her better world gives me great pleasure.
96. Lysandra is just such a badass and her shapeshifting ability is such a powerhouse for them.
97. I will say though that I hated that Lysandra and Aelin were apart so much of this book because I love their banter and friendship so much and I especially love how they always ganged up on everyone.
98. Only Rowan. Mr I Just Do Not Accept Things Rowan would give himself and Aelin matching tattoos and hide a connection in there.
99. YAY DORIAN IS BACK WITH HIS BUDDIES.
100. I love that Petra gets her revenge for Keelie.
101. “Bring our people home Manon” The loss of The Thirteen is something I will never get over.
102. Chaol and Dorian together again!
103. I mean of course Aelin and Dorian are fighting over who gets to be sacrificed.
104. Screw them all for voting to sacrifice Aelin… it’s terrible of them all. And Rowan's reaction absolutely guts me.
105. This scene forging the lock hurts me.
106. FOR YEARS WE HAVE BEEN JOKING ABOUT THE KING NOT HAVING A NAME AND LIKE THERE WAS A REASON NOT JUST SARAH NEVER GIVING HIM ONE.
107. These gods are the worst but I still don’t feel all that bad for Elena.
108. So happy she got revenge against those gods. Because eff them and their meddling and blaming others for things Elena did.
109. The Queen Who Walked Between Worlds!
110. RHYS AND FEYRE CAMEO.
111. Piggy backing on this Rhys and Feyre cameo. I’ve been thinking. This book establishes that Throne of Glass and A Court of Thorns and Roses exist in the same multiverse. I also was thinking that Maeve literally rips into the minds of the world to convince them she’s a Fae Queen. Which is very similar to the daemati ability Rhys and Feyre have. Which makes me wonder. At some point did the valg get into ACOTAR world and breed that into the fae there. We know the fae did some hopping around looking for Maeve when she ran. So now I wonder.
112. Aelin losing most of her magic hurts me.
113. I do love the twist though that it’s Aelin’s human side that is sacrificed, because going into this I really thought it would be her fae side and that Rowan would tie his life to hers but this… this was nice.
114. “Killian too. If you want to keep telling yourself he is the one who’s leading them” thank you Murtagh.
115. You defend our girl Yrene.
116. Hasar can go screw herself and then sit on a cactus the ungrateful bitch.
117. Elide is wonderful and I love the female friendships so much.
118. I love how far Aelin has come that now Rowan gets to be included in her scheming.
119. At least Evangeline was able to get through Darrow’s thick skull and now she is the heir to two territories.
120. And here Aelin comes again making yet another grand entrance… just riding in on that stag like the badass Queen that she is.
121. Lysandra and Aelin reunion!
122. Love that little callback to Sam.
123. Aelin and Lysandra are deadly together and I love it.
124. GAVRIEL NO DON’T DO IT *sobs and sobs*.
125. “The Queen had come to hold the gate.”
126. “Her name was Aelin Ashryver Whitethorn Galathynius and she would not be afraid.”
127. Aelin just staring down Erawan and Maeve and holding that line.
128. “Go save the world Yrene.”
129. Love that it all came back to Yrene and Aelin and that all of the women were so vital.
130. Guys I’m pretty sure Dorian and Yrene are carranam… they link bloody hands and share power. It’s so similar to what Rowan and Aelin do.
131. BWAHAHAHAHA AELIN BRINGING IN ANOTHER SECRET ARMY.
132. Fenrys getting the killing blow on Maeve was so perfect and deserved.
133. Aelin in home!
134. Ahhhhhhhh Lysandra meeting Falcon!
135. “Win me back my kingdom Evangeline” and she really did.
136. Lord Lorcan Lochan – never not going to be funny.
137. Manon gets to bring her people home.
138. The banter with this court is the actual best.
139. Aelin so offended when someone slightly mentions the possibility of the court being boring lolol.
140. My Queen has her crown and Aedion has his blood oath.
141. The Queen of Terrasen and the Faerie Queen of the West.
142. Aelin and Rowan dancing gives me life. Those two are so wonderful.
143. Nesryn getting to go home and be an Empress makes me so happy.
144. And Chaol getting to reunite with his mother and brother makes me so so happy. Chaol deserves happiness and he and Yrene are gonna make such a great family.
145. No no no no no I hate the goodbyes.
146. “We’re a long way from Innish” “But lost no longer” AELIN AND YRENE.
147. An assassin, a captain, and a prince started this all and this goodbye hurts me.
148. Dorian is gonna be such a good King. I love him.
149. “To whatever end Fireheart.”
150. Aedion and Lysandra wedding!!!! *runs in circles*
151. FLEETFOOT.
152. Gods this is such a perfect ending. All the Kingsflame for Aelin.

Wrap Up:
I somehow love this even more the second time around. Other than Queen of Shadows this is my favorite of the series and it really gives that book a run for its money. I just love how everything came together and wrapped up. Just so so good.

1 comment:

  1. I've never read this series, but I love the range of emotions you have here while reading. Must look into it since it's a favorite of yours. Great, original review, Teresa! :)

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